In memory of John Ostheimer: A portion of his contribution to 50th Reunion class book:
“I’m very happy about how my personal life has worked out. I suppose I grew up somewhat at Deerfield, but it wasn’t until college that I gained enough self-confidence to really accomplish much. Regrets?
I’m pained and frustrated by the gap between what our country could be, and what it actually is. We have squandered the opportunity to be a force for peace and goodwill throughout the world, preferring to be xenophobic, insensitive and bullying. Having lived and worked in several other countries, and visited dozens, I have some sense of what a complicated place our world is. Yet, we have wasted much of our wealth and our momentary military/political dominance instead of helping to address its problems. We will reap what we have sown. I regret that I have not been able to do more personally about all this. Maybe I did some good as an educator. Judging from our children and grands, we surely did some good as parents. For that I’m thankful.”
-John Maurice Ostheimer